Oscillations: Alejandro Acierto / Allen Moore

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States

Alejandro Acierto performs Transmit, a performance installation for voice and breath mediated through an 8-channel speaker system in multiple rooms.


Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Salisbury University, SOMArts and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New York Times, Acierto has performed extensively throughout the US and abroad and can be heard on Carrier, Albany, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Avant Media Records and has issued a solo record on Prom Night Records. He was also a recipient of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music with Ensemble Dal Niente, of which he is a founding member.


Acierto has also held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago Artists’ Coalition and was recently an FT/FN/FG Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center. He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently on faculty at UIC.





Allen Moore is a Black American male born and raised in the small town of Robbins, IL. His work converses with the signifiers of African American and popular culture, bringing to view the underlying themes of our racial and emotional experiences. Moore creates experimental sounds and objects that parallel his own biographical narrative, casting inverted recordings (graphite and adhesive) from popular vinyl records from his childhood. His subjects/compositions exist in an environment on the fringe of order and disorder, and then are stripped down to an elemental form. The conception is an attempt to deconstruct and then reassemble the subjects/symbols, making sense of discourse, and portraying the subjects with elegance and volume through the formal principals rhythm, repetition.


Moore's use of materials necessitates a variety of found and handmade objects, “Relics” emerging from the formal elements of Music, Painting, and Design. In his recent work, the use of graphite/carbon has been a continual thread. The bodies of work employ traditional 2-D materials with 3-D substrates, whose surfaces are gradually manipulated and carefully engineered.